OIL WELL FIRES, IRAQ
ABOVE VIDEO: Thousands of families are living in a "smoke-filled hell" in Iraq after ISIS set fire to oil wells.
The extremists have torched more than a dozen wells near Mosul during their retreat into the city in the face of a massive U.S.-backed offensive.
ABOVE: Fires in Yemen caused by shelling from Saudi Arabia.(And the U.S.)
ABOVE: Fires burn across Israel.
ABOVE: Fires in the port city of Haifa in northern Israel .
Dry conditions and strong winds on Thursday whipped up wildfires near the port city of Haifa in northern Israel, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, damaging property and devouring forests.
By REUTERS and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on November 24, 2016.
Mr. Netanyahu spoke on Thursday with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who promised to send two huge firefighting aircraft.
AS OF THIS WRITING, 22 HAD BEEN ARRESTED FOR ARSON IN ISRAEL.
AS USUAL, ARABS BLAME JEWS AND JEWS BLAME ARABS.
THE MIDDLE EAST IS BURNING...FOR OVER 5,000 YEARS.
ALMOST EVERY MIDDLE EASTERN NATION IS ENGAGED IN BATTLE OR OTHER CRISES.
IS oil wells set on fire as Iraqi troops approach Mosul - BBC
Iraqis extinguish oil fires set by Daesh | News , Middle East
THE NEW WELL FIRES IN IRAQ WERE REMINISCENT OF THOSE DURING THE AMERICAN INVASION OVER A DECADE AGO AND THE 600+ WELL FIRES IN KUWAIT IN 1991.
Gulf War Fires That Turned Kuwait's Oil Fields into Hell
IT ISN'T JUST BURNING FIRES, BUT FIRING ON ONE ANOTHER IN BORDER CLASHES, CIVIL WAR, CONFLICT BETWEEN MIDDLE EAST NATIONS, ONGOING, NEVER-ENDING, ESCALATING.
Indian Army 'Fire Assault' Hits Pakistan Military Outposts
Pakistan: Cross-Border Indian Fire Kills 11 Civilians, 3 Troops
The India/Pakistan clashes were last updated: November 23, 2016,
but old tensions arise anew.
AS ALWAYS, THE U.S. IS INVOLVED IN EVERY NATION'S CONFLICTS, AND, AS USUAL, WE SEE LOSS OF AMERICAN LIFE BECAUSE WE'RE THERE.
FIRST U.S. SOLDIER KILLED IN SYRIA, NOV. 24, 2016
Yemen: A Battle for the Future - Events-2016 - Events - Middle East ...
YEMEN IS A PROXY WAR, IRAN VERSUS SAUDI ARABIA.
THE U.S. SEEMS TO HAVE SIDED WITH THE HOUSE OF SAUD, PROVIDING DRONE SUPPORT, ARMS, INTELLIGENCE, AND FIRING ON YEMEN FROM THE SEA.
EGYPT HAS SIDED WITH ASSAD AND RUSSIA AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA ON THE SYRIAN CONFLICT.
EGYPT HAS ALSO ESTABLISHED A VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL THE PAST FEW YEARS.
THE HOUSE OF SAUD CUT OFF OIL AND FUNDS TO EGYPT IN RETURN.
LIBYA CONTINUES TO UNRAVEL AND CIVIL WAR IS ONGOING.
THE MAJORITY OF LIBYANS TRULY LOVED QADDAFI , WHOM AMERICA HAD ASSASSINATED BECAUSE HE WANTED TO TAKE LIBYA AND THE OIL-PRODUCING NATIONS TO A GOLD-BACKED CURRENCY, JUST AS SADDAM HUSSEIN DID.
THE MAJORITY OF LIBYANS WILL NEVER ACCEPT THOSE CURRENTLY IN POWER AND CORRUPTION IS EVIDENT WITH JUST A CURSORY GLANCE AT THE NEWS FROM THAT SHREDDED NATION.
LEBANON HAD BEGUN BUILDING A WALL AROUND ITS LARGEST 'PALESTINIAN' REFUGEE CAMP, SIMILAR TO WHAT EGYPT HAS DONE ON ITS BORDER WITH GAZA, BUT ITS FOCUS IS ON THE SYRIAN CONFLICT WHICH HAS SPILLED OVER INTO LEBANON, AS ALL KNEW IT WOULD.
The Syrian conflict has been described as having stoked a "resurgence of sectarian violence in Lebanon".
"Many of Lebanon's Sunni Muslims support the rebels in Syria, while many Shi'ites have supported Assad, whose Alawite minority is usually described as an offshoot of Shi'a Islam."
(SEE 23 August 2013, "Bombs kill 42 outside mosques in Lebanon's Tripoli")
Afghanistan in the Depths of Despair and Ethnic Conflicts
TURKEY'S MADMAN, ERDOGAN, HAS THREATENED TO THROW OPEN THE GATES AND LET A FLOOD OF IMMIGRANTS INTO EUROPE IF TURKEY IS NOT ACCEPTED INTO THE EUROPEAN UNION.
HE HAS SENT TROOPS TO SYRIA, PAKISTAN AND IRAQ AGAINST THOSE COUNTRIES' WISHES AND WITHOUT INVITATION.
HE IS DETERMINED TO KILL ALL KURDS.
Oct 23, 2016 - Turkey's Push to Join Battle for Mosul Inflames Tension With Iraq
CAN WE SAVE CIVILIANS FROM WAR?
THE ANSWER TO THE ABOVE QUESTION IS, OF COURSE, NO, NO WE CANNOT.
An estimated 80% of the casualties of modern wars are civilians.
MANY ARE CHILDREN.
THERE IS A SOLUTION TO PART OF THIS PROBLEM, AS PART OF TODAY'S PROBLEM IS TRULY FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN MIDDLE EASTERN AFFAIRS.
IT WOULD BEHOOVE ALL OTHER NATIONS OF EARTH TO GET COMPLETELY OUT
OF THE MIDDLE EAST, TO CEASE ALL DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH ALL NATIONS
AT WAR THERE, TO STOP INTERFERING WITH WHAT THOSE PEOPLE
MOST DESIRE, TO STOP TRADING WITH THEM, STOP ARMING THEM,
STOP CLAIMING TO RUN TO THEIR RESCUE, STOP THE IMPERIALISM, STOP IT ALL.
THE WORLD MUST ACCEPT THE ETERNAL KILLING, THE ETERNAL STRIFE,
THE ETERNAL HATE AND JUST LEAVE THE MIDDLE EAST COMPLETELY ALONE
TO WORK OUT ITS OWN INTERNAL PROBLEMS.
WHILE THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE FROM 'DER SPIEGEL' IS 100% SPOT-ON, IT APPLIES ONLY TO THE PAST 100 YEARS.
WHILE FOREIGN IMPERIALISM IS MOST DEFINITELY TO BLAME FOR THE
CURRENT "LINES IN THE SAND", EUROPEAN AND U.S. AND ASIAN INTERFERENCE OF THE 19th, 20th, AND 21st CENTURIES DOES NOT
IN ANY WAY EXPLAIN THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF DEDICATED SAVAGERY
AND BLOODSHED IN THAT REGION.
World War I Led to a Century of Violence in the Middle East
"World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the
Middle East still hasn't come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by
self-interested imperial powers left a legacy that the region has not been
able to overcome.
Who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history?
Pretty much everyone.
Egyptians, Assyrians, Turks, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Persians,
Europeans...the list goes on.
PERHAPS THE QUESTION WE SHOULD BE ASKING IS WHY DOES ANYONE WANT TO CONTROL OTHER NATIONS.
WHAT DRIVES THE DESIRE TO DOMINATE, TO CONQUER, TO SUBJUGATE?
WHAT REALLY FUELS THE CIVIL WARS, THE NEVER-ENDING WAR BETWEEN SUNNIS AND SHIITE, BETWEEN ARABS AND JEWS, BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS?
VERY FEW PEOPLE REALIZE THAT A MAN WHO HAS BEEN TOUTED AS A "SAVIOR OF THE MIDDLE EAST" WAS ACTUALLY A SPY FOR BRITAIN AND SAW HOW THE INTERNAL CONFLICTS MIGHT BE USED TO CONTROL THE REGION.
That British archeologist and secret agent, Thomas Edward Lawrence, would go down in history as "Lawrence of Arabia".
In a dispatch sent in early 1916, wrote that the Arab revolt would be useful to the British Empire because, "it marches with our immediate aims, the break-up of the Islamic 'bloc' and the defeat and disruption of the Ottoman Empire."
But in no way were the British thinking of the kind of united Arab state that House of Saud's Hussein and his sons dreamed of. "The states the Sharifs would set up to succeed the Turks would be … harmless to ourselves…. The Arabs are even less stable than the Turks. If properly handled they would remain in a state of political mosaic, a tissue of small jealous principalities incapable of cohesion."
OLD LAWRENCE MERELY CALLED IT AS HE SAW IT.
THE REPUTATIONS OF THE "SONS OF ABRAHAM" PRECEDE THEM, NO MATTER THE CENTURY, NO MATTER THE EXCUSES, IT REMAINS AS IT HAS BEEN.
Look at Iraq, where death has once again become commonplace because of in-fighting.
There were over 8,200 fatalities last year alone ... "brother against brother".
It's the same everywhere in the Middle East.
IT AMAZES ME THAT SO FEW IN THE PRESS MENTION WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO BEGIN THE CURRENT DIVISION, HOSTILITIES AND BORDER WARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
IT WAS A BARELY-KNOWN THING CALLED THE KING-CRANE REPORT AND CAME ABOUT AFTER WOODROW WILSON WAS LET IN ON THE SECRET "SYKES-PICOT AGREEMENT" THAT WOULD REPLACE THE BALFOUR DECLARATION AND WHICH CAUSED THE ENSUING DISPUTE BETWEEN FRANCE AND BRITAIN.
In October of 1918, World War I came to an end in the region with the Armistice of Mudros. The Ottoman Empire had been defeated and, with the exception of Anatolia, was divided among the victors and their allies. The "peace to end all peace" was forced upon the Middle East -- for an entire century.
When US President Wilson arrived in Paris in early 1919 for peace negotiations with British premier Lloyd George and French leader Clemenceau, he not only became aware of the very secretive "Sykes-Picot Agreement", he also became witness to what, for him, was an unexpected show.
The heads of the two victorious powers were deeply divided and engaged in a biting oratorical duel.
The French insisted that they be given the mandate for present-day Lebanon and for the region stretching to the Tigris, including what is now Syria. The Sykes-Picot Agreement, after all, guaranteed them control over the area.
Wilson suggested that the only way the people of the Middle East would accept a French mandate and those of Palestine and Mesopotamia would accept British rule was to find out what people in those regions wanted.
It was a simple and self-evident idea.
ASK THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WOULD ACCEPT.
For two months, the Chicago businessman Charles Crane and the American theologian Henry King traveled through the Middle East and interviewed hundreds of Arab notables.
Although the British and the French did all they could to influence the outcome of the mission, their findings were clear.
Locals in Syria did not want to be part of a French mandate and those in Palestine were uninterested in being included in a British mandate.
London had been successful in preventing the Americans from conducting a survey in Mesopotamia
In August, King and Crane presented their report. They recommended a single mandate covering a unified Syria and Palestine that was to be granted to neutral America instead of to the European colonial powers. Hussein's son Faisal, who they describe as being "tolerant and wise," should become the head of this Arab state.
Today, only Middle East specialists know of the King-Crane Report, but in hindsight it represents one of the biggest lost opportunities in the recent history of the Middle East.
Under pressure from the British and the French, but also because of the serious illness which befell Wilson in September of 1919, the report was hidden away in the archives and only publicly released three years later.
By then, Paris and London had agreed on a new map for the Middle East, which diametrically opposed the recommendations made by King and Crane.
France divided its mandate area into the states of Lebanon and Syria while Great Britain took on the mandate for Mesopotamia, which it later named Iraq -- but not before swallowing up the oil-rich province of Mosul.
Between Syria, Iraq and their mandate area of Palestine, they established a buffer state called Transjordan."
TRANSJORDAN, CARVED FROM PROMISED ISRAELI LAND, WAS CREATED SPECIFICALLY TO BE THE NEW "PALESTINE", A PURELY ARAB STATE, DESIGNED TO BE THE HOME OF ALL DISPLACED ARABS WHO DID NOT WANT TO LIVE INSIDE THE NEWLY CREATED STATE OF ISRAEL.
Two weeks prior to signing the "Faisal-Weizmann Agreement", Emir Faisal (Faysal) stated:
"The two main branches of the Semitic family, Arabs and Jews, understand one another, and I hope that as a result of interchange of ideas at the Peace Conference, which will be guided by ideals of self-determination and nationality, each nation will make definite progress towards the realization of its aspirations. Arabs are not jealous of Zionist Jews, and intend to give them fair play and the Zionist Jews have assured the Nationalist Arabs of their intention to see that they too have fair play in their respective areas. Turkish intrigue in Palestine has raised jealousy between the Jewish colonists and the local peasants, but the mutual understanding of the aims of Arabs and Jews will at once clear away the last trace of this former bitterness, which, indeed, had already practically disappeared before the war by the work of the Arab Secret Revolutionary Committee, which in Syria and elsewhere laid the foundation of the Arab military successes of the past two years."
ON MARCH 3, 1919, FAISAL WROTE:
"The Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our deputation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist Organization to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper."
ALL THAT CHANGED ALMOST BEFORE THE INK DRIED ON THE "AGREEMENTS".
Transjordan was 'set in stone' in 1923 as a British protectorate to be governed by Abdullah, partly in reward for his agreement not to attack French-held Syria following their expulsion of his brother, Faysal (Faisal) in 1920.
TRANSJORDAN BECAME A HASHEMITE KINGDOM FROM WHICH "PALESTINIANS" WERE BARRED.
JORDAN'S 'PURGE' OF PALESTINIANS IN 1970 , KNOWN AS "BLACK SEPTEMBER", IN WHICH ARAFAT ESCAPED WITH HIS LIFE, SHOWS US HOW SET AGAINST BECOMING KNOWN AS THE "NEW PALESTINE" JORDAN TRULY IS.
IF THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST CRISIS IS NOT ENTIRELY POLITICAL, AND IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO BEFORE THERE WAS A BRITAIN, A UNITED STATES, OR FRANCE, IS IT REALLY ALL ABOUT RELIGION, RELIGIOUS SECTS, OR ISLAM VERSUS JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY?
MANY SEE IT AS A PURELY 'RELIGIOUS' CONFLICT RATHER THAN AN ONGOING SIBLING RIVALRY AND WAR BETWEEN RELATIVES.
I WRITE THE FOLLOWING MERELY TO CLARIFY FOR THOSE WHO SEE THE PROBLEM AS 'RELIGIOUS' THAT RUSSIA AND THE U.S. HAVE NO PART IN THIS CIRCUS.
FROM THAT RELIGIOUS POINT OF VIEW, TURKEY, NOT RUSSIA, BECOMES A VERY IMPORTANT 'PLAYER' IN WHAT'S HAPPENING IN BOTH THE MIDDLE EAST AND ACROSS EUROPE.
WHILE SOME "BIBLE SCHOLARS" WANT TO MAKE RUSSIA INTO "GOG OR MAGOG" WHICH ARE MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES IN THE BIBLE,THE SUPREME 'BAD GUYS' IN 'BIBLE PROPHECY' IN TERMS OF THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL AND CONFLICT AMONG MIDDLE EASTERN NATIONS, A SIMPLE STUDY OF ANCIENT MAPS SHOWS US THE TRUTH...IT'S TURKEY.
The Oxford Bible Atlas says of Meshech and Tubal that they are, “regions in Asia Minor [Turkey].”
—Hippolytus of Rome, one of the most important Christian theologians of the third century, in his Chronicon, connected Magog to the Galatians in Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey.
—Pliny the Elder a first-century Roman military commander, author, naturalist, and philosopher placed Magog on the border of Syria and modern day Turkey.
—Maimonides, also known as Rambam, the revered Jewish sage, in Hichot Terumot, also identified Magog as being on the border of modern day Turkey.
“Some think they find them [Gog and Magog] afar off, in Scythia, Tartary, and Russia. Others think they find them nearer the land of Israel, in Syria, and Asia the Less [Turkey].”
"Now to the issue of what lands the Assyrians occupied during the reign of King David, when Psalm 83 was written by Asaph. In the previously referenced blog post which took issue with my map of Assyria, the claim is made that Asaph ministered in 900 B.C.
But this is simply not accurate.
King David reigned from roughly 1010-1005 B.C. to 970-965 B.C. as any Bible commentary will verify. Asaph ministered during David’s reign. I identify the Assyria of Asaph’s day, not the Assyria of 70 years later, etc.
THE ROLE OF TURKEY IN MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT.
The territory of Assyria during King David’s reign included a large section of modern day Turkey. For a brief period around 900 B.C. the Assyrian territory shrunk back, but soon returned to the Mediterranean and only expanded westward from there. Any effort to exclude the nation of Turkey from the list of nations in Psalm 83 is simply not in accordance with the historical record."
The Middle East since the beginning of the 20th century: The Map as History.
Constructed from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, the map of contemporary Arab states in the Middle East resulted from the Great Game played out by the European powers during the 19th century. Victim of international ambitions, but unable to define objectives for its future, the Middle East became vulnerable to conflicts due to its internal difficulties.
ABOVE VIDEO: HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST CONQUESTS OVER THE PAST 5,000 YEARS ...EXPLAINED IN 90 SECONDS.
ANOTHER MAPPED TIMELINE OF THE PAST 3,500 YEARS CAN BE FOUND AT 'TIME MAPS'.
A MORE EXTENSIVE, 15,000-YEAR ACCOUNTING OF THE HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST CAN BE SEEN IN QUITE SHORT FORMAT AT A time-line of the Ancient Middle-East
AS ANYONE CAN CLEARLY SEE, HISTORY HAS REPEATED ITSELF OVER AND OVER, WITH ALMOST NO NATION, NO CULTURE THAT HAS EXISTED THERE OR THAT EXISTS TODAY LEARNING THE DISTINCT LESSONS THAT HISTORY WILL TEACH TO ANY WHO CARE TO LEARN.
RATHER THAN CHOOSE NOT TO REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKES, TAKE THE SAME COURSE AGAIN AND AGAIN, EXPECTING A DIFFERENT OUTCOME, WHICH, BY THE WAY, IS A CLINICAL SIGN OF INSANITY, IT SEEMS NO GROUP OF PEOPLE AND NO NATION'S LEADERS ARE WILLING TO TRY A DIFFERENT APPROACH.
CONTINUED CONFLICT, GIVEN THE WILLFUL CHOICE OF ALL MIDDLE EASTERN NATIONS FOR REPETITION OF THOSE SAME MISTAKES, IS GUARANTEED.
THAT TURKEY ALIGNS WITH WHOMEVER IS OFFERING THE CURRENT BEST DEAL (RUSSIA, THE U.S., ANYONE) SHOULD SPEAK VOLUMES AS TO ITS DESTABILIZING NATURE UNDER THE CURRENT MAD-HATTER REGIME.
SO WHO CAN "FIX" THE MIDDLE EAST?
ONLY THOSE WHO LIVE THERE.
ONLY THOSE WHO STRONGLY DESIRE PEACE
ISN'T IT OBVIOUS THAT NONE TRULY DESIRE PEACE AND THAT IS WHY NO PEACE COMES?
WHAT A HUMAN DESIRES MOST, A HUMAN STRUGGLES TO HAVE, DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO ATTAIN THAT DREAM, THAT GOAL, THAT DEEPEST DESIRE.
THIS WILL BE MY FINAL BLOG REGARDING THE MIDDLE EAST.
THERE SIMPLY IS NO POINT IN BEATING THAT DEAD HORSE ANY LONGER.
FOR OVER 5,000 YEARS THERE HAS BEEN BLOOD, WITH MORE BLOOD SHED EACH CENTURY.
WE IN THE REST OF THE WORLD SIMPLY MUST ACCEPT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
THEY WANT TO KILL ONE ANOTHER AND SO THEY WILL.
THEY WANT WAR AND SO WAR IT IS.
THEY LIKE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION OR ELSE THEY WOULD FIND ANY WAY POSSIBLE TO END IT.
LET ME REPEAT MY INITIAL STATEMENT:
IT WOULD BEHOOVE ALL OTHER NATIONS OF EARTH TO GET COMPLETELY OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST, TO CEASE ALL DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH ALL NATIONS AT WAR THERE, TO STOP INTERFERING WITH WHAT THOSE PEOPLE MOST DESIRE, TO STOP TRADING WITH THEM, STOP ARMING THEM, STOP CLAIMING TO RUN TO THEIR RESCUE, STOP THE IMPERIALISM, STOP IT ALL.
THE WORLD MUST ACCEPT THE ETERNAL KILLING, THE ETERNAL STRIFE, THE ETERNAL HATE AND JUST LEAVE THE MIDDLE EAST COMPLETELY ALONE TO WORK OUT ITS OWN INTERNAL PROBLEMS.
ALL OTHER NATIONS MUST REFUSE TO ALLOW "REFUGEES", ASYLUM-SEEKERS, ANY TRAFFIC AT ALL FROM THOSE LANDS.
LET THE NATIONS AT WAR BURY THEIR OWN DEAD AND ATTEND TO THEIR OWN PEOPLE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN.
ONCE ALL FOREIGN NATIONS HAVE PULLED OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST, NO ONE CAN BLAME ANY FOREIGN NATION FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS THERE.
FOR CENTURIES NOW, MIDDLE EASTERN PEOPLE HAVE HAD THE EXCUSE THAT THE INTERFERENCE FROM EUROPEAN NATIONS, THE USA, ALL WHO ARE NOT "SONS OF ABRAHAM", IS WHAT HAS CAUSED THE WARS THERE.
THAT'S A LIE.
THE TRUTH IS, THE "SONS OF ABRAHAM" HATE ONE ANOTHER TO THE POINT THAT THEY ARE ALL WILLING TO DIE TRYING TO KILL OFF THE OTHER "SONS".
THEY HAVE KILLED ONE ANOTHER FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
THOSE "SONS OF ABRAHAM" WILL KILL ONE ANOTHER UNTIL NONE REMAIN.
"SO LET IT BE WRITTEN, SO LET IT BE DONE."
BUT THE REST OF THE WORLD MUST GO ON WITH LIFE.